Monthly Archives: March 2016

#BOMTC 2016 Official Invitation

Your invite to the 2016 Book of Mormon Translation Challenge is here!

CLICK HERE or on the pic above to join the 2016 #BOMTC

CLICK HERE or on the pic above to join the 2016 #BOMTC

SHARE & INVITE your friends to the 2016 ‪#‎BOMTC‬.

Enjoy this little MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO & quote:

Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than

“Don’t yield to Satan’s lie that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!” (Elder Richard G. Scott Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles “Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 93.)

 

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#BOMTC Goes to the Museum!

Did you know that there is a series of online exhibits from the Church History Museum featuring stories and teachings from the Book of Mormon?

The purpose of the online exhibits is to to supplement one’s study of the Book of Mormon. What a great idea! I remember as a child/youth thinking (and sometimes saying aloud), “I wish there were pictures in the scriptures. That would make reading them a lot more fun.” (For some reason I didn’t consider the Abraham Facsimiles to be enough…)

But it is not just a great idea for that reason. The Church History Department hopes the online series will enrich the study and learning experience of those that study the Book of Mormon.

One of the things that is so powerful about art is that it can transcend language barriers and say more than one could ever write. Consider how many people will be edified and supported in their study of the Book of Mormon without a single word ever needing to be translated. WOW!

Recently, a new virtual exhibit was added to the Book of Mormon series on the Church History Museum website. This new exhibit, “A Mighty Change in Your Hearts,” beautifully illustrates the power of the Book of Mormon and the glory of God’s promises to all His people.

As of March 2016, there are six Book of Mormon exhibits in the series, and additional exhibits will be published in the near future. So keep checking back during the 2016 #BOMTC to find great art to illuminate and enrich your study of the Book of Mormon!

I will leave you with one of my favorite pieces of art from each of the six exhibits. I use the term “favorite” loosely, because I have lots of favorites in each collection. By clicking on any of the art below you can access the different exhibits in the series. I invite you to look around and see if you find any new “favorites”.

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ

Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Lord by Lindsley

Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Lord by Lindsley

The Book of Mormon: Its History and Message: 1999 International Art Competition

Because of Thy Exceeding Faith by Sheri Lynn Boyer Doty

Because of Thy Exceeding Faith by Sheri Lynn Boyer Doty

Scenes from the Land of Promise: Book of Mormon paintings by Walter Rane

One by One by Walter Rane

One by One by Walter Rane

The Journey of Lehi’s Family: Selections from the Church History Museum’s collection

Lehi Exhorts His Posterity to Righteousness by Philip Leaning

Lehi Exhorts His Posterity to Righteousness by Philip Leaning

The Vision of the Tree of Life: Selections from the Church History Museum’s collection

Tree of Life by Chelsea Speirs

Tree of Life by Chelsea Speirs

A Mighty Change in Your Hearts: Selections from the Church History Museum’s collection

I Did Raise My Voice That It Reached the Heavens by Walter Rane

I Did Raise My Voice That It Reached the Heavens by Walter Rane


#BOMTC: T-Minus 10 Days and Counting

T-Minus 10 Days and Counting to the Launch of the 2016 #BOMTC

T-Minus 10 Days and Counting to the Launch of the 2016 #BOMTC

Because there are critical events that take place after the initial countdown for a rocket launch begins, NASA commonly uses the term “T-minus” at key times during preparation for launch. The “T minus Time” is the time before launch. For example, “T minus 9 minutes and counting” means that there is 9 minutes until the planned time of launch. The last ten seconds are traditionally counted down aloud.

Similarly, at this time each year, preparations are well underway for the launch of the annual Book of Mormon Translation Challenge (#BOMTC). And just as the last 10 seconds are usually counted down aloud leading up to the launch of a rocket, I like to prepare the #BOMTC readers for the launch of our study challenge by counting down the last 10 days to the launch of the Book of Mormon Translation Challenge..

There have already been important events leading up to “T minus 10 days and counting”. For example at “T minus 12 days and counting” we celebrated “Book of Mormon Day” (#BoMDay). And there are some more important events to come in the #BOMTC countdown:

  • This year, at “T minus 5 (and 4) days and counting” we will participate in the 186th Annual General Conference of the Church, which will most likely include invitations to study and learn from the Book of Mormon.
  • “T minus 2 days and counting” marks the day that Oliver Cowdery first met Joseph Smith on April 5, 1829, just two days prior to beginning his role as scribe for Joseph during the majority of the translation process.
  • One of the most critical events in the #BOMTC countdown this year will occur at “T minus 7 days and counting”, on March 31. That is the time at which we will begin to invite our friends to prepare to join us for the 2016 Book of Mormon Translation Challenge. A Facebook events page will be created, and you can invite all of your friends to join you in this year’s study of the Book of Mormon. The hashtag #BOMTC will be used to support readers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

NOTE: No matter where someone is currently studying in the Book of Mormon, they can still join us! No one need start over because the challenge is the same, although the starting point/chapter may be different. One would simply begin their study from where they currently are in the Book of Mormon and continue to read until they return to that same place at the end of the 85 day challenge. (For example, if I am studying in Mosiah 1 on April 7, when the challenge begins, then I would just continue to read from that point on and finish on June 30, by studying Words of Mormon.)

I challenge you to use the next 10 days to prepare yourself, your schedule, your family, and your friends for the 2016 BOOK OF MORMON TRANSLATION CHALLENGE!

T minus 10 days and counting…


BOOK OF MORMON DAY! Did You Post Your Pic Yet?

186 years ago today, the first edition of the Book of Mormon was published on March 26, 1830, at the E. B. Grandin print shop in Palmyra, New York.  5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon were originally printed. In the following video clip, President Thomas S. Monson walks us through the restored Grandin print shop and shares his witness of the Book of Mormon as Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Yesterday I invited you to post a pic on your social network of you with your Book of Mormon. If you haven’t done so yet, you can still #ShareGoodness and ride the #BoMDay wave by posting a pic now with the hashtags #BoMDay and #BOMTC.

Ever wonder what it may have been like to publish a book in 1830? This may not be a perfect recreation, but it looks pretty close to the press and process exhibited at the  E. B. Grandin print shop today.

Check out this great infographic shared by BookOfMormonCentral.org

#BoMday_Book of Mormon Day_Book of Mormon Central Infographic

The Book of Mormon: 186 Years of Growth Original post at http://bookofmormoncentral.org/content/book-of-mormon-day

Learn anything new? Well, here is a pretty cool video that I ran across while looking for the video above. It gives a virtual tour of the E. B. Grandin print shop and some artifacts that assisted him in printing the first edition of the Book of Mormon. It also shows how the printing press was used and explains events which allowed the Prophet Joseph Smith to publish the Book of Mormon.

Wanna take a different kind of tour of the print shop? Let Google Maps walk you around a bit by clicking on the graphic below.

Finally, here are a couple pics of interest to me that I wanted to share with you. Click on a graphic below to see it with more detail and a brief description.

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“Book of Mormon Day” Photo Challenge!

 

Book of Mormon Day Photo Challenge

Book of Mormon Day Photo Challenge

The #BOMTC invites you to celebrate #BoMDay!

The first edition of the Book of Mormon was published on March 26, 1830. In preparation for Book of Mormon Day on March 26, 2016 share with the world something you have gained from the Book of Mormon by posting a pic TODAY on social media of yourself reading the Book of Mormon with #BoMDay and #BOMTC. (The funny thing is that many of us use our device that we take photos on to study the Book of Mormon, so you may have to get creative…)

This is a great opportunity to get ready for the upcoming Book of Mormon Translation Challenge (April 7-June 30) and celebrate the first printing of the Book of Mormon.

So, where do you read the Book of Mormon? Post a picture of either yourself reading the Book of Mormon or a place you read with the hashtags #BoMDay & #BOMTC by March 26! Here’s mine.

BroSimonSays Book of Mormon Day Photo Challenge #BoMDay #BOMTC

Click the graphic below to learn about Book of Mormon Day

Click the graphic below to join the Facebook event for #BoMDay

Check out these 5 interesting facts about the Book of Mormon

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